The Edward Elgar Hotel Boat

The Edward Elgar is the largest capacity inland hotel boat in the UK. She has stairs much like you would find in your home with railings and full head height throughout. Comfort is a priority on board with quality seating, mattresses and furnishings. The entire boat also has climate control for air conditioning and heating.

This page has all the information you need to discover what a cruise on board is like including the facilities, access, service and food.

88

Feet Long

11

Twin Cabins

3

Decks

Boating,

with creature comforts

Comfortable Beds

Quality mattresses and mattress toppers. Plump pillows, duvets and extra blankets for a good night's sleep.

En-Suite Facilities

Every cabin is en-suite with shower,  washbasin and w.c.

A Window in Every Cabin

Our windows don't open for safety reasons, but we have a highly effective ventilation system on board to make you comfortable.

Peaceful Nights

Our advanced battery and inverter system means we don't need to run generators at night, keeping the boat perfectly quiet.

Comfy Saloon

Plush dining chairs, seats and sofas in our saloon help you to relax whilst looking out of our extra large viewing windows.

Cosy Bar

A variety of wines, beers, soft drinks and spirits are served from the bow bar. You can run a tab during your stay and pay by card.

Upper Viewing Deck

The best seats in the house! Being 15 feet above the water, our passengers spend most cruising time up here on fair weather days.

Live in Crew

Our live in crew are on hand to look after your every need, to guide you to each excursion and to point out interesting places along the river.

Reliable

The Edward Elgar cruises along at a gentle pace, losing only 5 hours of cruising time (on one occasion) as a result of on-board breakdown in the last ten years.

Welcome! Come In And Have A Look Around

Tour the Edward Elgar using our virtual tours below.

Our Passengers Say It best...

Watch video interviews of our passengers talking about their cruises on the Edward Elgar

Comfort on Board

Recommending to friends and taking multiple cruises! These passengers love the comfort offered on board.

Great food

Traditional English food, done right.

Sociable Atmosphere

There is a unique atmosphere on the Edward Elgar. These passengers talk about their experiences.

The Crew

Our crew look after everything, and these passengers really appreciated it.

"You couldn't have felt safer...highly recommended"
-Dennis Gardener, 2020 passenger

4 Star Hotel Boat - Visit England Quality Assessments

The Edward Elgar has a yearly assessment by Visit England has retained a four star rating for more than ten years.

2020 Assessment

An assessment was not conducted on board in 2020 due to the covid-19 pandemic. Improvements made for Covid safety are noted in the 2021 report above.

Access Guidance

Further infomation on access is available on our access guidance page.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I have to pay and when?

Secure your booking with a £200 per cabin deposit. For all cruises departing 1.5.21 or later you will need to pay your balance 60 days in advance of your departure date. For all departures in April 2021, we will not be asking for balance payments until after the U.K. government announcement on reopening the economy, which is due on 22.2.21.

I'm a single traveller. Do you have single cabins and single rates?

Yes. The Edward Elgar only has twin cabins on board, but we do have single rates on most of our cruises. There are two single rate cabins available on every Unique Weekend Break and Historic Canal Cruise. We offer one cabin at a single rate on The River Heritage Cruise, The Cruise to the Views and The Heart of England Cruise. Single rates are not available on the Severn Wonders Cruise. Please note that in order to make a single booking you will need to do so by phone by calling us on 01452 410411 as single bookings cannot be booked online.

Is there parking & is it secure?

Yes. We use professional third party providers for parking. We always make sure the parking location is secure and with extra measures such as patrols or CCTV.  We have not had a single incident or problems with parking security since we began operating in 2005. Parking is charged per night if you take the Captain package, but free of charge if you book Commodore or Admiral packages. See pricing for details.

I have reduced mobility, is this suitable for me?

We have been inspected by VisitEngland and received an M1 mobility rating. This means we are considered to be suitable for older and less agile guests with sufficient mobility to climb a flight of steps but who would benefit from fixtures and fittings to aid balance. If you would like a full copy of our access guidance then you can find it here.

Do you allow children?

Our holidays are designed to be completely laid back and relaxed. We do not usually allow bookings with children as it is an adult only setting. However, if you charter the vessel in full for Christmas cruises, we do allow children but we ask that children are a minimum of 7 years old for safety reasons.

Do I need travel insurance cover?

Yes. It is very important in case you have to cancel unexpectedly. We do not sell travel insurance but we will provide you with details of travel insurance providers that can arrange suitable cover for one of our cruises. You can use any insurer and we don't insist you use our partner insurer. It is important you purchase coverage as soon as you have booked your holiday. Having travel insurance is a condition of travel with English Holiday Cruises. Here is the link to our partner insurer, Just Travel Cover.

What happens if I need to cancel? What are your terms of booking?

Please make sure you have familiarised yourself and everyone in your party with our terms of booking and cancellation policy.

New Layouts and Safety From 19th July 2021

Below you can read our safety procedures we implemented during the pandemic which kept our passengers safe. From 19th July 2021 we are making some changes incrementally, with more changes possible from 13th September. Go to our Covid-19 page to find out all the details.

COVID-19 Safety Record

When we reopened in August 2020, we were the first cruise operator of any type in the UK to commence operations. We successfully delivered the rest of our season without any reported cases amongst our passengers or crew either during their time with us or after leaving.

Our Covid Secure Measures Included

Global "Safe Travels" Stamp

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has awarded all businesses with the "We're Good To Go" standard with the "Safe Travels" Stamp. This international standard of recogniion for Covid safety s a testament to the procedures put place by many UK businesses and we are proud to be recognised alongside them.

"I’ve done three cruises since lockdown eased, one in Greece, one in Germany and this one, and the protocols on Edward Elgar are the most thorough." - Sue Bryant, Cruise Critic, September 2020.

Included on all cruises

We try to make sure as much as possible is included in our cruise fee.

All meals featuring traditional English food

Wine, beer and soft drinks during meals

Tea & coffee at all times

Daily afternoon cake

Live entertainment, games and quizzes

Daily tour or excursion

Great Service

& no hidden costs

Food, Drink & Special Diets

Our chef cooks up three freshly-prepared meals every day featuring traditional English food you know and love. Tea and coffee is complementary and wine, beer and soft drinks are available free of charge during meal times. If you have a special diet then just let us know at the time of booking and we will be ready to accommodate your needs, you only need to tell us once!

Accessibility Guarantee

All of our moorings are either within a 400m walk of the daily excursion or we lay on transport free of charge. We have been assessed by Visit England to be suitable for elderly guests who can still manage stairs unaided. Complete access guidance is available below. Please note some tour destinations are historic buildings which are less accessible. See our Access guidance area for more details.

Optional Tours & Excursions

The boat is your home from home whilst you are with us. Our excursions are at no extra charge so if you don't feel like going along, then just collect a cup of tea and a book and find yourself a seat by the window to relax the day away. You don't have to attend any excursion if you don't want to.

WiFi & Entertainment

Every cabin gets access to our on-board WiFi which is available throughout the boat when we are in a good signal area! Every cruise also features at least one night of live entertainment as well as deck games and quizzes.

Browse All Our Dates

Click below to show all of our current dates and availability, with links to other cruise pages. Please note only the online booking portal  is updated in real time. The listing below is manually updated and may not always be completely up to date.

2021 Dates - LAST FEW CABINS IN 2021!

We are nearly fully booked for the 2021 season. If your preferred date is not available, then please add your details to the waiting list above.  Alternatively, consider making a booking in 2022.

Date Cruise Type Duration (nights) Availability
17th May Heart of England 5 Sold Out Find out more Book Now
24th May Severn Wonders 6 Sold Out Find out more Book Now
31st May Cruise to the Views 5 Sold Out Find out more Book Now
7th June Heart of England 5 Sold Out Find out more Book Now
14th June Severn Wonders 6 Sold Out Find out more Book Now
21st June Heart of England 5 Sold Out Find out more Book Now
28th June Heart of England 5 Sold Out Find out more Book Now
5th July Heart of England 5 Sold Out Find out more Book Now
12th July Severn Wonders 6 Sold Out Find out more Book Now
19th July Heart of England 5 Sold Out Find out more Book Now
26th July Severn Wonders 6 Sold Out Find out more Book Now
2nd August Heart of England 5 Sold Out Find out more Book Now
9th August Severn Wonders 6 Sold Out Find out more Book Now
16th August River Heritage 4 1 cabin left Find out more Book Now
23rd August Severn Wonders 6 Sold Out Find out more Book Now
30th August Cruise to the Views 5 Sold Out Find out more Book Now
6th Sept Severn Wonders 6 Sold Out Find out more Book Now
13th Sept Heart of England 5 Sold Out Find out more Book Now
20th Sept Severn Wonders 6 Sold Out Find out more Book Now
27th Sept Heart of England 5 Sold Out Find out more Book Now
4th Oct Cruise to the Views 5 Sold Out Find out more Book Now
11th Oct Heart of England 5 Sold Out Find out more Book Now
19th Oct Historic Canal Cruise 3 Sold Out Find out more Book Now
22nd Oct Unique Weekend Break 2 Sold Out Find out more Book Now
26th Oct Historic Canal Cruise 3 2 cabins left Find out more Book Now
29th Oct Unique Weekend Break 2 Sold Out Find out more Book Now

2022 Dates

Date Cruise Type Duration (nights) Availability
1st April Unique Weekend Break 2 Chartered Find out more Book Now
5th April Historic Canal Cruise 3 Sold Out Find out more Book Now
8th April Unique Weekend Break 2 Nearly 50% Sold Find out more Book Now
12th April Unique Midweek Break 2 Available Find out more Book Now
15th April Historic Easter Canal Cruise 3 Sold Out Find out more Book Now
19th April Cruise to the Views 5 2 Cabins Left Find out more Book Now
25th April Heart of England 5 Available Find out more Book Now
3rd May River Heritage 4 Over 50% Sold Find out more Book Now
9th May Heart of England 5 Available Find out more Book Now
16th May Severn Wonders 6 Sold Out Find out more Book Now
23rd May Heart of England 5 Nearly 50% Sold Find out more Book Now
30th May Severn Wonders 6 Over 50% Sold Find out more Book Now
6th June Heart of England 5 Available Find out more Book Now
13th June Severn Wonders 6 Sold Out Find out more Book Now
20th June Heart of England 5 Nearly 50% Sold Find out more Book Now
27th June Heart of England 5 Available Find out more Book Now
4th July Heart of England 5 1 Cabin Left Find out more Book Now
11th July Severn Wonders 6 Sold Out Find out more Book Now
18th July Heart of England 5 Available Find out more Book Now
25th July Severn Wonders 6 2 Cabins Left Find out more Book Now
1st August Heart of England 5 Available Find out more Book Now
8th August Severn Wonders 6 Available Find out more Book Now
15th August River Heritage 4 Available Find out more Book Now
22nd August Severn Wonders 6 Nearly 50% Sold Find out more Book Now
29th August Heart of England 5 Nearly 50% Sold Find out more Book Now
5th September Severn Wonders 6 Sold Out Find out more Book Now
12th September Cruise to the Views 5 Last Few Cabins Find out more Book Now
19th September Severn Wonders 6 Last Few Cabins Find out more Book Now
26th September Heart of England 5 Available Find out more Book Now
3rd October Heart of England 5 Available Find out more Book Now
10th October Cruise to the Views 5 Available Find out more Book Now
18th October Historic Canal Cruise 3 Chartered Find out more Book Now
21st October Unique Weekend Break 2 Available Find out more Book Now
25th October Historic Canal Cruise 3 Available Find out more Book Now
28th October Unique Weekend Break 2 Chartered Find out more Book Now

Freshly Made

food aboard

Sample Menu

Breakfast

French Toast with cinnamon served with Parma ham and slowly roasted tomatoes.

Toast, cereals, juices & coffee or tea

Lunch

Homemade Scotch Egg served with a runny yolk, salad and celeriac coleslaw.

Apricot fool.

Afternoon Tea

Homemade carrot cake.

Evening Meal

Cotswold gin-cured Salmon with fennel and orange.

Braised beef in Gloucester brewery dockside dark beer served with mashed potatoes and caraway carrots.

Treacle tart.

A selection of local cheeses served with biscuits.

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